The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a summary document that instructs those in the Catholic religion how to authentically live their Catholic faith. The Catholic Catechism is a summary document, in that it does not cover every possible circumstance that Catholics encounter in their lives. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is the guiding foundation that references back to bible scriptures and Catholic Church doctrine. The Catholic Catechism covers four major areas of our faith life: The Profession of Faith (Apostles Creed); The Celebration of the Christian Mystery (the Sacraments); Life in Christ; and Christian Prayer. Some of the Catholic Catechisms from earlier times are the Catechism of the Council of Trent, and the Baltimore Catechism. There are also many books that provide indepth explanations of what is contained in the official Catholic Catechism. There are also Catechisms for children and teens. The Catholic Catechism of the Catholic Church is a great resource to help you understand all the essential beliefs of the Catholic faith.